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Mark Houck talks to reporters outside the U.S. District courthouse in Philadelphia with his lawyers, Peter Breen (left), Brian McMonagle (right), and Andrew Bath (background) following his acquittal on two charges of violating the FACE Act, Jan. 30, 2023.

Pro-life advocates and lawmakers react to news of Mark Houck’s acquittal

Jan 30, 2023

By Tyler Arnold, Jonah McKeown

Mark Houck’s pro-life supporters hailed Monday’s verdict while also chastising the Department of Justice for filing charges against the Catholic... Read more

After being acquitted of federal charges by a jury in Philadelphia on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, Mark Houck embraces and kisses his wife, Ryan-Marie Houck. Also with Houck are his son Mark Houck Jr., 14, and his daughter, Ava Houck, 12.

UPDATE: Mark Houck cleared of FACE Act charges in rebuke to Justice Department’s aggressive prosecution

Jan 30, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Pro-life activist Mark Houck was found not guilty Monday on federal assault charges stemming from a shoving incident outside a... Read more

Mark Houck and his wife, Ryan-Marie Houck, prior to entering the federal court house in Philadelphia on Jan. 25, 2023.

Mark Houck trial update: Alternate chosen to replace juror

Jan 30, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The alternate took the place of the original juror at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday, when deliberations began again. Read more

Mark Houck gives a speech at the Men's March in Boston on Oct. 15, 2022.

Mark Houck trial: Jury deadlocked, will resume deliberations Jan. 30

Jan 27, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The jury deciding the fate of pro-life activist Mark Houck could not come to a decision Friday on whether the... Read more

The Houck family

Prosecution rests case in Mark Houck trial, defense motions to dismiss the case

Jan 26, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

In the trial of Mark Houck, charged with violating Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, defense lawyers argued that... Read more

Mark Houck and his wife, Ryan-Marie Houck, prior to entering the federal court house in Philadelphia on Jan. 25, 2023.

Pro-life leader and Catholic father of 7 Mark Houck goes to trial: an emotional first day

Jan 25, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The allegations relate to an incident that occurred at a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Philadelphia on Oct. 13, 2021. Read more

Father Fidelis Moscinski (lower left, standing behind the cross), a well-known pro-life activist and priest of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFR) is seen during a tense standoff between pro-life and pro-abortion demonstrators in Lower Manhattan on July 2, 2022. The pro-life marchers were trying to reach a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic where they planned to hold a prayer vigil, and the pro-abortion demonstrators were trying to block their path.

Priest found guilty of blocking entrance to abortion clinic, faces prison time

Jan 24, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

“The defendant attempted to prevent women from accessing their legal right to vital reproductive and pregnancy services,” United States Attorney... Read more

A woman attends a rally for Mark Houck outside the James A. Byrne United States Courthouse in Philadelphia on Jan. 24, 2023, while holding a sign that says “Justice for Mark Houck!”

Trial of Mark Houck, pro-life advocate, begins with night of prayer

Jan 24, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

A crowd of about 50 supporters gathered in front of the federal courthouse in Philadelphia on Tuesday, one day before... Read more

Mark Houck with his children

Pro-life advocate Mark Houck, who was arrested in FBI raid, to stand trial next week

Jan 17, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Houck was arrested at home in front of his terrified wife and kids, sparking national outrage and concern over the... Read more

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, will chair the new subcommittee investigating the "weaponization" of the FBI and IRS.

GOP-led ‘weaponization’ committee to investigate arrests of pro-lifers

Jan 13, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The subcommittee is expected to investigate the FBI’s use of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act to... Read more

Mark Houck with his children

Arrested pro-life activist Mark Houck victim of religious discrimination, lawyers say

Dec 8, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the case, contending that “the Biden administration, has engaged in an overt pattern of... Read more

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FBI releases video of attack on firebombed Buffalo pregnancy center, says FACE Act charges possible

Nov 14, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

The FBI also announced a reward of up to $25,000 for any information leading to the arrest of the arsonists. Read more

An FBI agent stands outside the Houck residence in Kintnersville, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 23, 2022. Mark Houck was arrested that day and charged with assaulting a Planned Parenthood escort outside an Philadelphia abortion clinic on Oct. 13, 2021.

Lawmakers request information from FBI about pro-life arrests, indictments

Oct 12, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, more than three dozen Republican lawmakers asked why the bureau appears to... Read more

Mark Houck with his children

Mark Houck calls men to fight ‘noble battles.’ A controversial indictment is his biggest one yet

Oct 7, 2022

By Shannon Mullen, Joe Bukuras

A look at the Catholic father of seven at the center of a growing debate over the FBI's actions toward... Read more

Father Fidelis Moscinski (far left, in gray robe), a well-known pro-life activist and priest of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFR), is seen during a tense standoff between pro-life and pro-abortion demonstrators in Lower Manhattan on July 2, 2022.

Abortion-protesting priest faces possible prison time after charges under FACE Act

Oct 3, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Father Fidelis Moscinski, 52, a priest of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, was charged last week under the Freedom... Read more

Mark and Ryan-Marie Houck with their seven children, ages 2 to 13.

Legislators raise concerns about FBI raid at pro-life family’s home

Sep 27, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Twenty-two members of Congress are demanding an explanation from the Department of Justice after the arrest of a Catholic pro-life... Read more

An FBI agent stands outside the Houck residence in Kintnersville, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 23, 2022. Mark Houck was arrested that day and charged with assaulting a Planned Parenthood escort outside an Philadelphia abortion clinic on Oct. 13, 2021.

Amid outcry, FBI disputes account of raid at pro-life Catholic family’s home

Sep 26, 2022

By Shannon Mullen, Joe Bukuras

The alleged circumstances of the Sept. 23 arrest of Mark Houck have led to a public outcry about what many... Read more

Mark and Ryan-Marie Houck with their seven children, ages 2 to 13.

New information raises questions about FBI raid on Catholic father of 7

Sep 25, 2022

By Shannon Mullen

As of Sunday night, an online fund drive had raised more than $126,000 to help the family, far surpassing an... Read more

Planned Parenthood gets millions of dollars in federal support each year.

FBI raids home of pro-life leader on questionable charges

Sep 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

If convicted, he could face up to 11 years in prison. Read more